Where Are We Headed?

By Paul Tzimoulis, V.P. and Executive Publisher Every January someone asks, What do you envision for the future of diving? To predict the future, we must sometimes examine the past. The answers are often buried in our history, where subtle trends are the predictors of the future. During the past five years a trend is…


Your Diving Travel Hall of Fame

Im sure it has happened to you; it happens to me all the time. The question is asked, Whats the best place you have ever dived? In my years of diving, Ive been fortunate to visit a great many of the worlds most celebrated destinations. So, I think about this question frequently. The answer, though,…


The Environmentally Correct Gourmet

By Bill Gleason Sitting down to dinner at a popular local restaurant a week or so ago, my wife and I surveyed the menu and decided to order fish. Whether dining out or eating in, fish is a politically correct choice. Low in fat and tasty, it is also thought to combat heart disease. While…


Conservation Works!

By Paul Tzimoulis Most marine conservation reports bring us depressing news; generally some sort of horror story about the wanton destruction of a reef or animal species. Here, for a change, is some good news about how a precious natural resource can be saved. Before giving you the good news, permit me to set the…


Skin Diver’s Extended Family

By Paul Tzimoulis It has been a remarkable summer for the staff of Skin Diver. After 46 years of publishing a single title, Skin Diver has introduced an extended family of three new diving magazines. The first was Sharks & Divers, which was quickly followed by Southern Diver and Western Diver. Diver response has been…


Citizen Science

By Bill Gleason One of the best aspects of my job is meeting other divers; sometimes in places as common as Key Largo, Florida and Monterey, California and others as remote as Papua New Guinea’s Bismarck Sea. Divers’ opinions, on a variety of issues and destinations, help shape future issues of SKIN DIVER and provide…


A Touchy Subject: Gloves

By Joel Simon During a recent guided snorkeling program in the Caribbean, several local operators informed my group that gloves were no longer welcome attire for snorkelers or divers. Clearly, the intention is admirable; to better conserve the health and integrity of the reef; and the assumption is understandable; prohibit gloves and, consequently, snorkelers and…


PROJECT DIVE EXPLORATION

By Bill Gleason There’s some new and very interesting developments in the area of diving safety and medicine; this month’s editorial will be dedicated to sharing these developments with you. But first, a little background information that will help you understand why these developments are needed. Historically, the diving world has relied heavily on other…


How Old Is Too Old To Dive?

By Bonnie J. Cardone Not long ago a Skin Diver reader wrote, asking if there was an age limit on diving. That and an impending birthday, combined with a recent interview with a 30-something editor, inspired this editorial. I’m not going to tell you how old I’ll be on the birthday, so don’t ask. Let’s…


What’s Your Passion?

By Bonnie J. Cardone Among my passions are skiing and diving. Although they would seem to have little in common, they are more alike than you might think. I don’t know why others ski. I do it because it is exhilarating, mentally and physically challenging and the scenery is absolutely spectacular. Since I only spend…